Dustin Tokarski’s 24 Saves Help Gulls Defeat Bakersfield 3-2

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Gulls players after their victory over the Bakersfield Condors. Courtesy of the Gulls

Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves and Chris Wagner and Nic Kerdiles scored third-period goals as the San Diego Gulls defeated the Bakersfield Condors 3-2 Friday evening in Bakersfield.

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The Gulls took a 2-1 lead on Wagner’s power-play goal one minute, 45 seconds into the third period off assists by Kerdiles and Shea Theodore.

The Gulls increased their lead to 3-1 when Kerdiles stole the puck from Bakersfield right wing Jesse Puljujarvi and put a shot past Jonas Gustavsson with 1:15 to play for his second goal of the season.

Kerdiles also scored on Feb. 3, his second game of the season after being sidelined because of a concussion.

Bakersfield cut the lead to 3-2 15 seconds later on Dillon Simpson’s goal, but were unable to score the equalizer, falling to 0-3-2-0 against the Gulls.

Theodore opened the scoring 16:35 into the first period with a power- play goal off assists by Kevin Roy and Max Gortz.

The game was Theodore’s first with the Gulls since Jan. 28. He was scoreless in five games in February with the Gulls NHL parent team, the Anaheim Ducks, and was reassigned to the Gulls earlier Friday.

Puljujarvi, the fourth player chosen in the 2016 NHL draft, tied the score 5:48 into the second period before a crowd at Rabobank Arena announced at 5,308.

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The Gulls killed both of the Condors power-play opportunities and scored on two of their three.

The victory was the Gulls (28-13-2-2) fourth straight and 10th in their past 11 games, including a 4-0 victory over Bakersfield (19-20-5-1) Sunday. The Gulls have a standings point in 16 of their last 17 games with 15 victories and a shootout loss.

Gustavsson made 21 saves for the Condors, the Edmonton Oilers American Hockey League affiliate.

The Gulls announced earlier Friday that they had recalled goaltender Kevin Boyle from the Utah Grizzlies, Anaheim’s ECHL affiliate.

The Gulls needed a backup goaltender as Jhonas Enroth remained in San Diego to rest for Saturday’s game at Valley View Casino Center against the Tucson Roadrunners, the Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate.

— City News Service

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